TRENTON – While Gov. Chris Christie was making an out-of-state trip last week, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno signed Executive Order No. 41 to establish an ongoing bi-partisan Red Tape Review Commission, continuing the administration’s efforts to streamline state government and spur economic activity.
The nine-member Commission, chaired by the lieutenant governor, will review administrative rules and regulations and solicit public input on regulatory barriers in order to analyze the impact on job creation, economic growth, and investment throughout the state.
The commission will make recommendations to the governor for improving the state’s regulatory climate by providing periodic reports, and serve as an ongoing advisory resource to the governor. The commission replaces the Red Tape Review Group, another bipartisan body with representatives from both the legislative and executive branches of state government that was created by Executive Order No. 3 (2010).
Membership of the Commission will include four members from the New Jersey State Legislature, four public members with experience and expertise in the regulatory process, and the lieutenant governor. Existing Department of State staff will serve as professional staff to the commission and members will serve without compensation.
“The Red Tape Review Commission established today will be a permanent fixture for the ongoing review of job-killing red tape and will be a continuous advocate for bringing common sense regulation to New Jersey. We can, and must, put forward regulation that is meaningful, that works to protect our citizens while not stifling the economic growth and job creation our families desperately need right now,” said Guadagno. “Businesses large and small can be confident that eliminating overly burdensome red tape and costly regulatory hurdles and hoops will remain a top priority of this Administration.”
The Sierra Club of New Jersey blasted the move. “The Red Tape Review Board will be used to attack and weaken protections, leading to not only environmental degradation but the weakening of important health and safety protections,” NJ Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said. “This task force is not about economic growth, it is a charade to go after the environment on behalf of special interests.”
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